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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Kangaroo Rat in Death Valley

Every night after sundown a little visitor came around camp. Not pesky like a ground squirrel or chipmunk looking for handouts.  Read more.

Trying to hide

26 comments:

Randy Emmitt said...

Gaelyn,

These little guys are also the number one food of most western rattlesnakes. Cute shot hiding under the vehicle.

Janie said...

Cute critter, amazingly well adapted. Jeremy did a great job getting a photo!

A human kind of human said...

Thanks for this post. Amazing little creatures.

jeannette stgermain said...

Cute, and how much their body has adapted to being in a dry region!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh what a sweet little rodent. I love.. love..love the feet...

Small City Scenes said...

Very interesting about KR. thanks for the info. How well he has adapted to his environment. Lessons learned.
Like your header pic.
MB

Diane AZ said...

Adorable pose, looks like a wind-up toy.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

He DOES look like a little wind-up toy! Just needs one of those white knobs on his side. I didn't know those facts about the Kangaroo Rat, Gaelyn. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

Cute critter! And he is posing for you, how nice. Great photo.

Firefly said...

We also have a kangaroo look a like here in South Africa in our Spring Hares. Something of a cross between a rabbit and a kangaroo. They are nocturnal animals and spend their days in their burrows. One of the farm boys' favorite passtimes are spring hare hunting.

Moannie said...

Such a sweet little animal,Gaelyn
I wonder, does Disney know about these critturs?

Jazz said...

That is just beyond cool. It's actually amazing how many desert animals can get by without ever drinking... What a weird and wonderful world.

Natural Moments said...

I used to love following the tracks of these rodents in the desert sands.

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

He is cute. Hard to believe their body has adjusted so well to the desert. Simply amazing. Survival is the key to the so many places.
DF

Barb said...

I wonder if this Kangaroo Rat is also called a "pack rat" - I think they have pouches, too?

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: What a neat photo of the neat critter.

Carol said...

I hope he's become a member of the family. Cute little guy.

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Karen said...

How in the world do you know all this stuff? did you already know it or was that one of the things the Ranger Glenn talked about?

Evelyn Howard said...

What an interesting little creature. I've never knew the existence of Kangaroo rats - thanks for the post.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What an interesting little critter.

Dot said...

Too cute! You must have such an interesting life :o)

Bibi said...

Aw, he's cute. Like a hamster with a long tail! I'd feed him, and try to keep him safe from snakes.

Quiet Paths said...

I had no idea these creatures were so highly adapted to arid environs. That is one cute little rat.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Something I have never heard of and what an amazing little critter, wow on the water fact!

RuthieJ said...

Oh what a cute little critter! Was it posing for snacks from you guys or just curious?

Louise said...

So interesting... and cute!

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